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The two teams who had outscored the 4-way world champions in Round 1, SDC Rhythm XP and XPG4, had a few of their own point deductions in the same Super Sequence and then followed up with their battle for the positions behind Arizona Airspeed. Rhythm started two points ahead of XPG4, which lasted only for one round. Eventually, Rhythm had to fend off the Golden Knights to finish in a medal position.
XPG4 were on their own and different mission. They had mastered the 20+ average threshold at the 23rd FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving at Skydive Voss in Norway, where they had as little opposition in 4-way Women as Arizona Airspeed had in 4-way Open and GKXP8 in 8-way. The Super Sequence in Round 1 offered the rare opportunity to boost the meet average to a new scoring level, and XPG4 took full advantage of the situation. As all other teams, including Arizona Airspeed, they still had to master the challenge of the Round 1/Super Sequence combination, and they did so with their 46-pointer.
USPA Nationals 2023
|3||SDC Rhythm XP||48||-4||19||17||16||20||17||22||17||-1||16||25||-1||217||21.7|
|7||Skydive Midwest NEXT||26||-4||18||-1||12||-2||15||17||14||17||15||13||23||170||17.0|
The award ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday after the completion of the 8-way competition, where all XPG4 members are involved with different teams. Jeana Billings is winning in 8-way with GKXP8, while her former XP8 team mate Michelle Karamon has joined the Airspeed 8-way team for this year's national championship. Anna Brunner and Brenn Richards are back with Bra Nok and the same lineup as in Norway.
The 4-way award ceremony will feature the first time that a 4-way Women team receives the USPA silver medals in 4-way Open. The Golden Knights placed 3rd twice at USPA Nationals, first in 2014, then again in 2015, a year before they would win the 4-way Women competition at the FAI Outdoor World Championship 2016.
SDC Rhythm XP occupied the 2nd place in 2014 and 2015, and JaNette Lefkowitz stepped in for the U.S. Army team when Angela Nichols discontinued at the beginning of the 2016 season.
USPA Nationals 2015
|2||SDC Rhythm XP||22||21||42||25||27||20||23||20||20||16||236||23.6|
|4||Carolina Turbo XP||22||20||34||22||25||20||19||21||18||16||217||21.7|
XPG4's 22.5 average is on the scoring level of the Golden Knights in 2016, even though the 46-pointer in Round 1 lifted it to this average number. XPG4 are already the best 4-way Women team in the world after the 23rd FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving, while the Golden Knights still had to win the FAI gold medals a year after the national championships of 2015.
XPG4 have to win gold medals at the outdoor world championship in Israel next year to match the Golden Knights with JaNette Lefkowitz in 2016, and that without a Super Sequence. However, the 2nd place in 4-way Open is a new record mark for a U.S. team of the female category. Jennifer Davidson switched to 8-way training and competition after the world championship in 2016 and became a member of the Golden Knights 8-way team. There she won her next gold medal in Australia 2018. XPG4 is a step ahead in 8-way too, as Jeana Billings and Michelle Karamon already won their gold medals with XP8 at the FAI Outdoor World Championship 2022.